One U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and two others were wounded Thursday in Somalia, when they were attacked by small-arms fire on a mission about 40 miles outside of Mogadishu, the Pentagon announced. The operation was against al Qaeda-linked militants in the country, officials said Friday. “U.S. forces are assisting partner forces to counter al Shabab in Somalia to degrade the al Qaeda affiliate’s ability to recruit, train, and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America,” the U.S. Africa Command said in a statement. The wounded are said to be receiving medical attention.